Visually impaired Portsmouth artist Clarke Reynolds set to be special guest at Havant art studios – Portsmouth News

Visually impaired Porstmouth artist Clarke Reynolds will be a special guest at Making Space in Havant during Hampshire Open Studios

SIGHT loss has inspired Portsmouth artist Clarke Reynolds to create work which can be appreciated even if it cannot be seen.

Clarke, from North End, is registered severely sight impaired due to living with retinitis pigmentosa, a condition affecting the retina at the back of the eye.

Rather than regarding this as a barrier to creating the art he is so passionate about, 38-year-old Clarke has started creating work with an emphasis on texture, to be enjoyed by anyone.

Making Space in Havant runs free networking sessions for makers and the next event – a Maker Networking Lunch on August 20, from 12.30pm until 2.30pm – will feature Clarke as a special guest to coincide with the craft organisation’s open studios.

Ami Hyde, outreach and programme co-ordinator, said: ‘Clarke is an inspiration. At Making Space, we want to raise the profile of craft and send the message out that it really is for everyone. Clarke is a perfect illustration of that and we’re delighted to welcome him on August 20.’

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